World Bulletin/News Desk
Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay convened a meeting at the Prime Ministry building in Ankara on Thursday to discuss the roadmap for the ongoing settlement process aimed at resolving the country's long-standing Kurdish problem and the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The meeting was attended by deputy prime ministers Bülent Arınç and Bekir Bozdağ, Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy chairman Numan Kurtulmuş, AK Party spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik and AK Party deputy group chairman Mahir Ünal.
Participants of the meeting did not make a statement to the press about the content of the meeting; however, they were expected to discuss issues such as laws that will be prepared during the settlement process for democratization and whether those laws have any relation with 48 articles for the new constitution on which the four political parties have reached a consensus. Parliament is expected to approve these articles following a recent call from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
A similar meeting on the settlement process was held under the leadership of Erdoğan last Tuesday and no statements were made to the press following that meeting either.
Turkish officials have been conducting talks with the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, since October 2012. The talks led to the declaration of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of some PKK militants from Turkey.
Since the PKK has begun to withdraw from the country, the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which is also involved in the talks, says it is time for the government to press ahead with laws aimed at addressing Kurdish demands and maintaining further democratization in the country.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2013, 09:58